Palop plays down Highbury heroics
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Palop deputised for the injured Santiago Canizares at Highbury, and made a string of crucial saves to preserve a precious point for the Spanish champions.
The 29-year-old has spelt out his willingness to leave the Mestalla to find regular first-team action in recent weeks, but expressed his delight at helping the club's European cause.
"To play well in this competition gives you a lot of prestige, but I just tried to treat it as another game and hold my form," said Palop.
"Playing well in a stadium like Highbury really means a lot, but the game hasn't changed me.
"I must try to keep my feet on the ground, and not let my head go into the clouds."
Despite his good displays, the former Villarreal stopper is unlikely to retain his place once Canizares has recovered from a knee injury.
Palop refuses to be downcast though, and says his form can only benefit himself and the club in the long run.
"Playing well in games not only helps me but also Valencia.
"Once everyone is fit, the manager will decide who he wants to play but I will keep on working to be ready for the next chance when it comes.
"Competition is good for all the players and also the team."
Palop also stated his happiness at the reception he got from the Highbury faithful after the final whistle on Tuesday.
"I really liked the fact that the opposition supporters applauded me for my game, that has never happened to me before and it was a marvellous moment."